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Updated: March 19, 2012 01:57 IST

Mamata has her way, Trivedi to quit

Smita Gupta
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Dinesh Trivedi on Sunday decided to resign as Railway Minister bringing the curtains down on the five-day drama. File photo
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Dinesh Trivedi on Sunday decided to resign as Railway Minister bringing the curtains down on the five-day drama. File photo

The embattled Railway Minister, Dinesh Trivedi, agreed to resign on Sunday evening, four days after he presented the Railway budget that angered his leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“She [Mamata Banerjee] spoke to me. The Trinamool Congress wants me to resign,” Mr. Trivedi told journalists. “I told her [that] I will abide by the party's [decision] and resign.”

Sources in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), however, said no resignation letter was received from Mr. Trivedi.

Mr. Trivedi succumbed to pressure from the party after he had a telephone conversation with Ms. Banerjee on Sunday. “Dinesh Trivedi called in,” she told journalists in Kolkata, stressing: “He will resign. And he will stay in the party.”

Ms. Banerjee also said she was flying to New Delhi on Sunday night. She will preside over a meeting of the Trinamool Parliamentary Party scheduled for Monday afternoon.

While Ms. Banerjee is determined to see that her nominee for the Railway Minister, Mukul Roy, replies to the debate on the budget, it is not yet clear whether the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government will agree to that.

No RS deal

Meanwhile, the attempt to strike a deal on the Rajya Sabha seats between the Congress and the Trinamool has failed. Shakeel Ahmed, Congress leader in charge of West Bengal, who met Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday, confirmed that the party had decided to field Abdul Mannan for a seat from the State. “R.C. Khuntia will be flying to Kolkata to oversee the nomination process for Abdul Mannan.”

The nomination of Mr. Mannan will make it difficult for the Trinamool to get its fourth candidate, Vivek Gupta, through. After getting three candidates through, the 185 MLA-strong Trinamool will have just 35 votes left for its fourth candidate; it would require another 15 to win the fourth seat, and it was hoping for support from the Congress, which has 43 MLAs (one of whom is an Independent), and the four-member Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.

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I cannot comment on this. What comes to mind on reading this report is

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 04:58 IST

God save India, if we continue with govt.'s like the present one,nothing is going to progress
except crony capitalism and corruption.

from:  Purushoth
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 02:15 IST

For Mamata her image and her party is more important than the country.
Whereas Trivedi stands for truth, progress and his motherland. We need
more of Trivedis in our country

from:  john hangshing
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 17:22 IST

Why can't we use these kind of social medias to oppose against such shameless people like Mamta Banerjee who are jeopardizing the development of our country?

from:  Sarika
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 16:22 IST

It is really a sad state of affair. Nothing seems to be going in right direction. When a person tries to move the country forward, the entire nation (as we don't raise our voice) comes to block him/her. Mr. Trivedi has put the railways on track by running most of the trains on time and keeping sanitation a priority. He has presented the budget with minimal increase in fares after 10 years and that too for development of stations, green toilets, fast moving trains but just single person can dictate this in the name of social welfare. If I see not any other but capital of WB who is now governed by socialist Didi, it sums up all in which direction our country is moving. I urge all my fellow countrymen to unite and throw all these people to move our country further and not in reverse gear.
I am really sad to see the pathetic condition of country in terms of infrastruture, traffic, molestation and on top of it, force resignation for a genuine person :(

from:  Amit
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 15:49 IST

All are in her game.she wants to show as if she is for people and
against increasing ticket charges . At the same time wants to pressurise
congress to settle her personal demands . If she is for the people she
should have oppose the general budget also. She is now staging her drama
at the national stage.Manmohan has no choice other than acting his role
given by her.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 14:46 IST

I'd love to see an article that analyzes the railway ministry's
financial performance during Laloo Prasad Yadav's tenure and that of
Mamamata Banerjee. Curious as to how a profit-making organization turned
about in a bad way; and despite her performance then, still wants to get
her hands into the ministry. Aiming to gain popularity by proposing
lower fares at the cost of the railways' future perhaps?

from:  Brent Cole
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 14:44 IST

In a complete disregard of democratic values, TMC chief decides to remove Mr. Trivedi from the railway minister post, and this decision corroborates her high handed attitude. Efficiency and competence are the least likely traits in Indian politics to take one places, but sycophancy is certainly the one, which if found in abundance, would take you very far in Indian politics. And from congress to regional parties, this TRAIT has been duly rewarded. Mr. Trivedi audacity(right word should be sincerity) has proved fatal for him as he had to resign from the post.

from:  Aman Dwivedi
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 12:08 IST

Everybody is rightly upset that Trivedi had to resign. Most wish that Manmohan should have resisted Mamata's demands. But no one including the so-called 'objective' national dailies like The Hindu admits that, just like DMK insisting on Raja's place in the cabinet eventhough Manmohan had resisted it to some degree, he is forced to succumb to such demands to run the govt. The opinion makers do not write or say anything that Manmohan should be given a proper mandate to run the country in a more decent and disciplined manner. Congress with 200+ MPs has to give in to the demands of TMC with 19 MPs; what democracy is it? congress should call for snap polls and tell the people the situation and ask for a proper mandate; if not stay in opposition; it is easier to oppose than to govern. Is it not? Especially a country with such diversity. When a national party like BJP or Congress takes a stand on any issue they will need a national view unlike TMC or DMK which has to please local people.

from:  George Varghese
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 11:23 IST

It is very unfortunate that an able leader has been expelled for doing
his duty well. Such kinds of mishaps like selection of uttrakhand CM
by cong.or quitting of Trivedi from the post of rail minister have given
an ugly face of party politics. party high commands are not patriotic in
nature. they are ruling the country just to satisfy their ego.It is
painful to see this kind of cheap politics.

from:  Sarla Rawat
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 11:04 IST

Here is few suggestion to appoint Right Minister for Right Portfolio:
How to Appoint Right Minister for Right Portfolio?

Put about 100 bricks in no particular order in a closed room with an open window
Then send 2 or 3 candidates in the room and close the door
Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours and then analyse the situation.

If they are counting the bricks – put them in the Department of Accounts
If they are recounting them – put them in Ministry of Auditing
If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks – put them in Deptt. of Engineering
If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order – put them in Deptt. Of Planning
If they are throwing the bricks at each other – put them in Deptt. Of Operation
If they are sleeping – put them in Deptt. Of Reception
If they have broken the bricks into pieces – put them in Deptt. Information Technology
If they are sitting idle – put them in Ministry of Human Resources.
If they already left for the day – put them in Deptt. Of Marketing
If they are starting out of the window – put them in Deptt. Of Strategic Planning

And then last but not least
If they are talking to each other and not a single brick has been moved
…… Congratulate and put them in Ministry of Top Management !

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 11:03 IST

The railway fares have not been increased for the past nine years - No
wonder the condition of our railway network is the same. How can we call
India a developing nation when its Ministers are sacked for performing
their duties for its development (which very few actually do!). Ms.
Banerjee needs to understand the motive behind the increase and not just
politicise the issue. Earning power of the common man needs to be
improved so that they can embrace the development coming their way. And
well done Mr. Trivedi for taking a initiative which was long awaited.

from:  Ashish Singh
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 11:03 IST

Curse of coalition politics. Any broomstick party can hold the whole
government for ransom.

from:  vkguptan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 11:02 IST

what kind of leadership is the country is living with? A toothless PM
who cannot so "NO" to a regional party just to save a mid-term poll
and there is this party who doesn't care about what she is doing to
the Railways (is it not correct to revise fares after 8 long years??).
Certainly, not a good example for the coming generation.Next
generation in western countries learn from the good doings of their
leaders and how to make things even better and we in India learn from
mistakes how to not do good things. Sad state of affairs.
Mr. Trivedi, right man in a wrong party.

from:  Ponraj
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 10:53 IST

Most of us who comment on newspaper websites belong to PLU which cheered Team Anna from the sidelines. We do not care to study the processes of poltics but no compunction about criticizing the outcome. Actually what Trivedi did was not exactly politically correct. Mamata has to put up a valiant and continuing struggle on her in her home state to counter the sniping of Congress ( whose members may be acting as informers for Pranabda) and waiting to pounce CPM. Actually Mamata brought Sam Pitroda to advise Railways. It is his budget. But was it not unfair on the part of Trivedi not to have discussed the matter before hand with Mamata?. Pranabda has used Trivedi as the fall guy to push through Mamata's man Sam's plans

from:  R.Sundaram
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 10:45 IST

The esteemed architects of our Constitution envisaged for our country: Democracy of the PEOPLE ,by the PEOPLE and FOR the PEOPLE.

Our current political leaders have reduced it to: Democracy by the POLITICIANS, of the POLITICIANS and for the POLITICIANS!

from:  Amit Butola
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 10:43 IST

If a person is elected as a minister of a specific field from a party or say, the government, he/she is authorised to make decisions and produce it before the House. Amendments,if any, need to be discussed in the House and based on a fairly high consensus, bill will be amended and passed. In case of Mr. Trivedi, instead of pressurising him to resign, he should be questioned thoroughly on the points you are not agreeing. Mere resignation is not a solution to the proposed railway budget and is not ethical when we remind ourselves of the citizens of a country,which is the largest democracy.

from:  Abha
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 10:32 IST

its really sad news for democracy,how can one person having only 19 mps
can decide fate of country having 1.21bn population?why government is
tolerating this?why our politician have myopia,they are not concerned
about economic condition of country?do we mature enough to run this
democracy?is such selfish motive is beyond the country? i'm common
person immature in this field and want answer from mature politician who
is concerned about this country...

from:  Dr.Govind bhise
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 10:07 IST

Sacking a Union Minister for merely raising the passengers' fare is not good. If Mr. Prime Minister and Ms. Mamta consider this as a great sin by Mr. Trivedi then the Union Budget by Mr. Pranab didn't do any good other than hiking the excise and service tax so is it good to sack him too? Is this the right way to penalise a person in the high post like this? the problem is not about the railway budget but its because of UPA's alliance with Trinamool in the Rajya Sabha Elections that Mr. Manmohan seeks for to triumph in the election. Here, Ms. Mamta demanded for Mr. Trivedi's resignation and if he fails to do so Mr. Prime Minister has to sack if he requires their alliance with Trinamool. But still we have to claim our country as DEMOCRACTIC one dont' know whether to feel for it or laught at it!!!

from:  Parthiban K.Eswari
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 09:59 IST

Mamta Di pressurises Mr Trivedi to resign just because he, allegedly,
did not inform her of the upcoming hike in railway fares. However ,
the railway workers' unions support the hike , and neither much of
agitation from so called "Aam admi" has been heard. The increase in
platform ticket price from Rs 3 to Rs 5 seems to have broken the
backbone of Indian economy, seemingly from Mamta Di's spectacles. The
fares which were overdue for a hike for last 9 years are justifiably
increased, may be back at heart Trinamool supremo would accept it ,
but it was a dig at her great feminist ego that Mr Trivedi dared
hurting. Mr Rail minister , you had to go , you wrote your own

from:  Swati Pathak
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 09:53 IST

This is called EGO Clash

from:  Sudarshana
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 09:51 IST

Mr. Dinesh Trivedi's Railway Budget preperation is good. It has a vision to improve Railways performance and economy. But he is helpless,Cheap politics and poor foresight of his leader always a block to Nation's Progress. Who will help India? Our people must think and vote for the next government. Populsit measures will never do good for the nation's progress, It is only a gimmick of the politician.

from:  ajeeth
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 09:47 IST

Mr. Trivedi has done his job with diligence and the Railway budget has to be taken in the right spirit. The increase in the fares has been nominal as The Hindu has rightly said. After all as public has to cooperate with the government and the people are not put to so much hardship as has been exaggerated by the so called political leaders. Our Country will not prosper as long as there are Autocratic Political Leaders.

from:  Rengarajan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 09:29 IST

The Parliament is called as the temple of democracy. But looking at the developments, it is far from any temple !Under the shield of unquestionable supremacy of the Parliament, power hungry hooligans are playing dirty games for survival. These greedy persons will sell the country soon.Since elections are going to be held under the banner of the same crooks, is there any way to save democracy ?

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 09:21 IST

If he has produced such a bad budget then it should be nullify and what about the fare hikes? Removing Trivedi from his possition will not yield anything to common man.

from:  Chetan Dodiya
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 08:59 IST

What a shame! Congress government stooping to such low levels.. A
minister gets sacked for doing a decent job... A maverick party leader
playing havoc..she cannot rule her own state railways her
property? she wants to pull strings in railways too.. Hope all unions in
railways go on strike, demanding Trivedi back..

from:  Anba
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 08:36 IST

Truly unfortunate that one person can hold the Union Cabinet, the Parliament and national policy, hostage. But this person is just an extreme example of everyday social familial tendencies across the length and breadth of Indian society and culture, propelled on to a national stage by mass media. Ironic that a majority of women "leaders" are beating the men at the game they have played for centuries.

from:  Cyrus Ptolemon
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 08:26 IST

What happened to trivedi's duty consciousness of getting the Railway Budget passed in the Parliament????

from:  K. Balasubramanian
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 08:10 IST

Shame on you Mr Manmohan Singh .. why can't you stand up and say "enough is enough" to Mamta?

from:  Rohit
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 08:02 IST

I do see a Poor Style of Leadership over this issue.

Good Job done by Railway Minister, Hope things change for the betterment of our Country.

Good Luck.

from:  Dave C
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 07:56 IST

A peculiar situation has emerged now after 5 railway employee unions started backing Dinesh Trivedi on the proposed passenger fare hike and even threatened to launch an agitation against any possible rollback much to the discomforts of Mamata Bannerjee. The railway minister is vocal in saying that the hike in fare was imminent in view of deteriorating financial position of Indian Railways and to restore its financial health. What is, however, pertinent to note here is that even when the railway unions have realized the need for hike in fares and wholeheartedly supporting the move, the former railway minister doesn’t seem to relent and hold adamant attitude for populist reasons. This is something that the country has never witnessed at any time before. Let Mamata remain guided that IR is not her personal property and cannot make people dance to her tunes.

from:  Srinivasan Umashankar
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 07:49 IST

Power sans prudence has been deteriorating Indian democracy since we
get power to run our own country. Ask any Indian these questions
1. do they feel there is any order in their country?
2. do they they feel any certainty about the way our country will head?
3. do they hope their country will make it to the top?
Unfortunately the answer would be a blunt "no". Here is country where
constitution provide freedom of expression which virtually remains
suspended between two elections. Though Indian and China achieved
independence almost simultaneously why are we so behind them? The
answer is not that we are democracy and they are communist. The real
answer is that the custodians of democracy have been adamantly
annihilating democracy of India. They say Indian people need to be
awakened and educated but the call of the time is our leaders need more
training than those who elect our leaders. Otherwise only God is
saviour! Politics: where insanity calls the card.

from:  Ajeet Tiwari
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 07:49 IST

Why UPA and the Prime Minister are succumbing to the pressure of
Mamata Banerjee? If Congress is confident of sailing through without
the support of Trinamool congress the Railway Minister should not have
been pressured to resign. The Indian Railways which was previously in
financial crisis should be able to sail above water with this meagre
passenger fare hike. The rail commuters, like me, are not bothered
with this fare hike, why Mamata is creating all hue and cry. For the
last eight years, the fares were not raised. Mamata's aam admi
approach is questioned here with the resignation of Dinesh Trivedi.
Let us hope democracy prevails in the Parliament. In my view Prime
Minister should not have succumbed the pressure of Mamata Banerjee.

from:  K. Preethi
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 06:16 IST

Truly a sad day for India. Why we elect Mamta Banerjee like politician or let them stay
in politics?
Dinesh Trivedi: Please don't let these leaders take away your spirit, Millions of
indians are with you on this issue. We need many more leaders like you.

from:  Radha Chauhan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 06:13 IST

What an irony in coalition dharma!
Man proposes, Didi disposes;
nothing is certain in politics.
Will the Railway budget proposals,
which is now the property of the august House,
in the words of FM, will be derailed as per
the dictates of the Didiji or it will have a
selective roll back, let us wait and watch.
That is the price for the patience and perseverance of the
powerful poor citizen of the mighty democracy.

from:  K Venkatesan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 05:40 IST

iT IS UNFORTUNATE THA Mr Trivedi has to resign on the party:s line of ms Mamta.But, it is a fact that Railways has been losing and not increased fares for the past 10 years.when all costs of all items increased.Now that the Budget is passed in the Lok sabha, and if this is passed in Rajya sabha, Mr.Trivedi:s stands vindicated.MR. Trivedi has done the increase in the interested of the nation's economy and has not done any unparliamentary way.and It is unfair punishments.

from:  VAIDYA
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 03:56 IST

I was impressed by Mr Trivedi's interview at India Today Conclave. He shouldn't have
resigned his post under pressure.

It is a shame that Indian politics have stooped down to this level.

Mamata is not corrupt, but she is causing lot of confusion in the minds of the world
about who rules India and if Indian prime minister is capable of delivering his promises.

She did the same with Bangladesh water treaty.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 02:40 IST

Murli and Prashant are very right. Mamata has always behaved like a dictator. In the last 10 years there has been no increase in the passanger fares. Money has to come from somewhere for upgradation of the Railways. Mamata is taking the country down. PMO should not have given in to Trinamool's demand.

from:  Mander
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 02:40 IST

People like mamata Benarjee should be shown their place. The pm is spineless.

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 02:02 IST

Why everything gets politicized? The railway ministry should be free
from vote bank politics. It is an profit organization (like PSUs)and
should run like that only if we want to see a progressive railway
department. This is very important to improve the state of railway
infrastructure in our country. The proposal to increase to increase
the fares seems genuine to some extent.

To generate the additional revenues for railways is important, but
rather than just focusing on increasing the fares the ministry should
also look at other avenues to generate revenues like improving
productivity, reducing overhead costs and attracting more private
investment to improve stations' infrastructure and facilities.

from:  Ramit Goyal
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 01:16 IST

Too disappointing, people from our country are blocking our progress, and we the
people are India feel helpless. Its shame for cheap leaders and selfish politician and
also the people who give them vote. On the good side, we have enormous amount of
good people. For the leader like Dinesh Trivedi, I hats off in order to honor your work
and job commitment. Its time to give support hand to such kind of great leader.

from:  Navneet
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 00:37 IST

After the mess up of Tata Nano plant in WB, Mamta's new tantrum. The
people of West Bengal should use their conscience towards her. When
people came on road, Ramlila Maidan to fight against corruption where
was she? I haven't seen any poor citizen cribbing due to the increase in
the railway fares. During her reign of Railway minister good percentage
of people suffered & thought of security & better services. Mr. Trivedi,
a victim of Cheap politics.

from:  Vikas
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 00:02 IST

Far from being perceived as she must have desired to be a champion for the common man- Ms Banerjee has come out of this fiasco looking very much - as had all along been suspected- an autocrat and dictator with very little leadership qualities. She will have support from the people as long as she does make the right noises - no more.

It is high time that Indian politicians really put their minds together on a consensus for nation building rather than stand on whims and fancies of who controls what ministry by remote control.

It is even more absurd in this particular context to observe that Ms Banerjee has made a mockery of our parliamentary process- one nominee to prepare a Railway Budget for the nation and another forced on the parliament and the people to reply to a debate on the same.

Such shameless and thoughtless political event can transpire only in India and there should be a law against abuse of parliamentary autonomy. Politicians first duty is to serve not rule.

from:  R N Iyengar
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 23:57 IST

you did your best Mr. Trivedi. Guess no one else in the government had
as much guts as you take such a bold step.

from:  Mathai
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 23:38 IST

Mamata is not good for UPA government. She is misusing her power and pressurizing
UPA government unnecessarily. She only want to give benefits to Bengal only. This
budget was not completely in favor of Bengal, so she decide to fire Trivedi. If
congress always agree with her, then image of Congress will be worst and in the
general election 2014 will be against to congress.

from:  Akhilesh Singh
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 23:28 IST

where is the
democracy.....its all about
minister of west bengal is
thinking herself as railway
minbister...which is
absolutely wrong..railway
minister should be given the
authority to present his won
budget a chief minister
should act within her
confined boundaries...

from:  D. Bhattacharjee
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 23:14 IST

Yet again an effort to revitalize our railways has been crushed under the whims of few politicians. Indian Railways is in dire need to be strengthened and brought at par with Railways of other countries like China. This is no time to adopt populist measures. We need developments in real terms. It's really sad to see People who actually want to bring positive reforms, being forced to quit or abide by the caprices of some!

from:  Neha
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 23:01 IST

What a shame! Populistic measures will only take the indian economy to the brink of failure...... Leaders should work towards empowering people to increase their standard of living them rather than subsidizing fares to make railways bankrupt....

from:  Pankaj Kashyap
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 22:57 IST

Party supremos these day to maintain their political agenda for vote will go all the way to bankrupt the country and still will never stop. What has our country done to deserve all this?

from:  Akhil
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 22:39 IST

sarkar ki nokri ... pata hote hain state kone se state main bheje ge state ka pata hota hain contrect kahaa se keya hain yehe malum hain .......yade bhagwaan se kisee ka contrect hua hai state / yoni main hame bheja jayega to tume istefa do kyo derte ho arey kese se der rahe ho kyo apne ko khada nahe rakhe paa rahe ho yehy kyo nahe samajhete ki jana to hain kuchh esa kar kay jaye ki hamare jaane kai baab yaad karin aur apnee galti pahchane aur aage ki jansankhya galti na kare hame dhire - dhere usee marg per pohuch rahe hain jaha se shuru hua tha sur aur asura ka raj sur /devta asur / rakshash dono ki ladai hui rakshash jeet gaye aur devta haar gaye aaj esa hee ho raha hain sachha aur imanadar aadmi kamjoore hain jhuta aur makkar aadmi taakatwar hai jetna bhee lade sakte ho lado mujhe nahe pata aap mai sctoor ki hawa hain aur aap truk ka bhar samahal nahi paye yadi esa hee kuchh hain to apnee shaktee aur jyada badye aur jayada..........................................leken jhukna nahe

from:  mukesh arora
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 22:28 IST

Is this not a democracy? Why a person cannot do his job?
It is all populist. Can you run the railways without always raising the fares?

They can always allow him to justify his reasons for the rise in fares and then decide whether he has done it haphazardly or with a genuine reason?

from:  Sundaram
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 22:19 IST

This is not the first time Mamata Benerjee is hindering development activities.What happend to Tata Motors plant in WB, they finally moved out to Gujarat and now Mr.Trivedi is forced to quit.She is hindering development activities in the name of social cause.She will clearly see the consequences when railways reach a situation similar to AirIndia.

from:  ranjith
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 22:08 IST

I do not agree with many of the comments posted here. Most of the regional parties ( why except one large party ) canvass votes on the name and strength of one leader and get elected. They also have some principles. It is in public knowledge that Mamata is not for any increase in articles/services to the common man and rail fare is one among them. Though well-educated, Mr. Trivedi was misguided by the power-that-be in Delhi and he has since understood the politics.

from:  V.C. Sekar
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 21:59 IST

The Prime Minister of India described the railway budget as forward-
looking.Pat came the fiat from the Trinamul Congress chief to quit.That
man talked tall only to succumb.
Indian Polity is poor today.Politics have stooped to going after an
individual for a few loaves of office.Principles have been sacrificed at
the alter of sub-servience to a few individuals.

from:  manoharan
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 21:47 IST

Why did the Congress buckle under the pressure created by Ms Banerjee?
Are they becoming as unreliable as the BJP who cannot see a single day
without some internal squabble? It doesn't bode well for the federal/
central govt if the Cabinet is held hostage by regional politicians.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 21:34 IST

Country's interest has to give way to mediocre and populist politics. If the railway fare hike is rolled back with more budget allocation to meet the railway budget spending, it will be done with taxes elsewhere.

We are very sorry for what happened to Mr Dinesh Trivedi.

from:  rajarao
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 21:34 IST

this is repetition of the type of feudal and autocratic politics that delayed reform in Indian economy and now putting such a important organization in reverse gear instead of marching forward. Is party greater then parliament????

from:  pradeep singh
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 21:30 IST

As an American of Indian origin who visited India in February 2012, I was amazed at how much India has changed with each of my subsequent visits. It is with great sadness that I now see that the ineptness in the political system and overall corruption still exist. The railway system continues to be stressed to its limits and needs modernization of trains and stations. About 2 weeks ago, there was an article in The Hindu that stated India was lacking the full ability to become a world superpower. India as a nation has now shown why this is true which I refused to believe when I initially read that article. While Mr Trivedi's fare hikes may be distressing to some, money is undoubtedly required to make improvements, regardless of the country in question. I can only hope that Ms Banarjee's recommended puppet - Mr Roy - does not make the rail system "derail" with his recommendations. (Pun intended)

from:  Chris
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 21:30 IST

Indian Railway is jewel of our country and saving of this jewel from
getting ruined is the responsibility of every Indian and Mr.Trivedi has
done his job without any fear and favour but to his misfortune,his is
now paying the price for what he has done in national interest.While
playing DIRTY POLITICS,politicians should not forget that SAVING the
national property is their first job and not their own POLITICAL HOUSES.

from:  priya tiwari
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 21:29 IST

i really don't understand what is going on in India. The whole episode
of railway minister reveals that in India we don't have democracy but
still dictatorship prevails.
Its time that people of the country has to wake up especially youth of
the nation and change the whole political setup of the country.

from:  Sandeep Kumar Chauhan
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 21:14 IST

When in India, how can he release a sensible budget. He has done his MBA in USA, and why the heck he should go back to India.Every thing looks like Mr Trivedis Mistake.

from:  Kiran Maddu
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 21:08 IST

It is very bad that a minister, who has done his job which is assigned to
him as part his office, is forced to quit due to whims and fancies of a
political supremo.

from:  dr prashant m
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 20:59 IST

Finally no party can address the welfare of common man, well no one
can, as he/she struggles to save his/her own position.

from:  Dinesh
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 20:55 IST

There is no true democracy in Indian politics. Things still happen at
the whim of a single autocratic dictator style leader. What respect do
we have for an individual who is only doing his job in the right spirit.
People like Mamata exist in every corner of India and should never be
elected to power. This is the sad plight of India today. People have no
choice although they have the power to choose.

from:  Murali Gopalan
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 20:46 IST
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